Beautiful photos of Saturn and its moons released by NASA

Saturn’s southern hemisphere images from a million miles away (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Saturn’s southern hemisphere images from a million miles away (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

NASA has recently released new images of the planet Saturn and its moons. These images have been obtained from the Cassini spacecraft earlier this year.

Saturn looks like an ornament in one image having a jet stream and hurricane-like storm at its north pole. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, has also been imaged with the Cassini. Image shows the hazy atmosphere and hydrocarbon lakes on the moon. On the other hand, Enceladus, an icy Saturn moon looks like a white snowball.

“Until Cassini arrived at Saturn, we didn’t know about the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan, the active drama of Enceladus’ jets, and the intricate patterns at Saturn’s poles,” said Linda Spilker, the Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Spectacular images like these highlight that Cassini has given us the gift of knowledge, which we have been so excited to share with everyone.”

You can see further photos below.

Titan images by Cassini on Oct. 7, 2013 (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Titan images by Cassini on Oct. 7, 2013 (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

View of the trailing face of Enceladus (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

View of the trailing face of Enceladus (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Enceladus: a highly-reflective and icy “snowball in space” (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Enceladus: a highly-reflective and icy “snowball in space” (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Saturn makes a beautifully-striped ornament in this natural-color image, showing its north polar hexagon jet stream and central vortex (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Saturn makes a beautifully-striped ornament in this natural-color image, showing its north polar hexagon jet stream and central vortex (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Rhea (front) and Titan, images by Cassini in June 2011 (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Rhea (front) and Titan, images by Cassini in June 2011 (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Sources:

Cassini Sees Saturn and Moons in Holiday Dress – NASA (http://goo.gl/CpTPiO)

Holiday Offerings All the Way from Saturn – Ciclops (http://goo.gl/riqxQE)